Sen. Michael Bennet, 2020 presidential candidate: ‘Not ready to say’ Trump should be impeached

May 13, 2019

Sen. Michael Bennet, a Colorado Democrat who is running for president in 2020, says he’s not quite ready to call for President Trump’s impeachment.

“I’m not ready to say the president should be impeached,” Mr. Bennet said on CBS’s “Face the Nation” this week. “I think it looks from the report as though he’s committed impeachable offenses. I think there is every reason why the investigation in the Congress should continue and then we should make an assessment of where it leads.”

He said with Republicans in control of the U.S. Senate, the process may not go through “all the way to the end.”

“Which is why I think Nancy Pelosi has wanted to say, let’s not jump to a conclusion on impeachment yet - let’s let the process go forward and see where it takes us,” Mr. Bennet said. “And by the way, ultimately I think where it will take us is to replacing Donald Trump in 2020, which is what we need to do.”

Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts was the first major 2020 Democratic presidential contender to call for Mr. Trump’s impeachment in the wake of Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s report.

Mr. Mueller said in the report that there was not sufficient evidence to establish that Mr. Trump’s campaign conspired with Russia to interfere in the 2016 elections.

Mr. Mueller didn’t come to a definitive conclusion on whether the president obstructed justice with subsequent attempts to curtail the probe, but Attorney General William Barr has said he concluded that the evidence wouldn’t be enough to establish that Mr. Trump did obstruct justice.

Democrats in the House are now weighing their next steps on potential impeachment proceedings, as the White House has indicated it’s steeling for a long-term battle on various document requests and subpoenas from Congress.